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Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea: reports

Apo - Japan has decided to release treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, reports said Friday, despite strong opposition from local fishermen.

Tokyo tightening virus measures nearly 100 days before Olympics

Apo - Japan's government will approve tighter coronavirus measures for the capital on Friday, weeks after lifting a state of emergency and with just over 100 days until the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

'Men in Black' and 'Ghostbusters' to star in Sony's Thai theme park

Apo - "Men in Black" rides and "Jumanji" water slides are some of the star attractions of a theme park being jointly built in Thailand by Sony as the tech giant seeks to broaden its entertainment offerings.

Tokyo, as you've never seen it before

Apo - It's Tokyo, but unlike you've ever seen it before -- a miniaturised 1:1,000 scale version of one of the world's biggest capitals, displaying everything from sea levels to population densities.

'Rowdy' Honda bests Seto at Japan's Olympic swim trials

Apo - Self-described "rowdy character" Tomoru Honda kept his cool to clinch a place in Japan's Tokyo Olympics swimming team on Tuesday, qualifying alongside star Daiya Seto in the 200-metre butterfly.

Don't overhype Ikee's return, pleads Japan teammate Irie

Apo - Leukaemia survivor Rikako Ikee must put her health first after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan swimming teammate Ryosuke Irie said Monday, warning the media not to overdo the hype.

US, Japan, S.Korea show united front on N.Korea

Washington - The United States, Japan and South Korea showed a united front Friday on concerns about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as President Joe Biden completes a review on the way forward.

Japan scientist given Nobel for 'revolutionary' LED lamp dies

Apo - Japanese Nobel laureate Isamu Akasaki, who won the physics prize for pioneering energy-efficient LED lighting -- a weapon against global warming and poverty -- has died aged 92, his university said Friday.

Japan suspends new aid to Myanmar over coup

Apo - Japan has halted new aid to Myanmar in response to the coup, according to the country's foreign minister, but is stopping short of sanctions imposed by some nations on military and police commanders.

North Korea accuses Biden of 'provocation' after missile test

Seoul - North Korea threatened a further military build-up on Saturday in response to Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's missile launches, a weapons test that marked Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the US president took office.

Sakura selfies: Tokyo enjoys cherry blossoms despite virus warning

Apo - People in Tokyo flocked to admire cherry blossoms in full bloom at parks, shrines and rivers on Friday, despite coronavirus warnings against holding traditional parties under the delicate flowers.

'Ray of light': Olympic torch relay begins after year's delay

Iwaki - The Tokyo Olympics torch relay got underway on Thursday after a year's coronavirus delay, with officials hoping it will be a "ray of light" after the problems caused by the pandemic.

Japan's Mieko Kawakami wants to 'stir things up'

Apo - Mieko Kawakami has called out cliched depictions of women by one of her country's most feted writers, and seen her own bold style attacked by a top politician.

Two Americans accused of aiding Ghosn escape indicted in Japan

Apo - Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn jump bail and escape from Japan were indicted on Monday and face up to three years in prison.

Japan lifts tsunami advisory after strong quake off northeast

Apo - Japan's meteorological agency lifted a tsunami advisory around an hour after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the country's northeastern coast on Saturday, causing no immediate damage or injuries.

'Unavoidable': overseas fans barred from Tokyo Olympics over virus

Apo - Overseas fans will be banned from this summer's virus-delayed Tokyo Olympics, organisers said Saturday, calling the decision disappointing but "unavoidable" as they try to hold the Games safely during the pandemic.

Tokyo Olympic organisers meet on overseas fan ban

Apo - Olympic organisers met Saturday for talks expected to bar overseas fans from this summer's pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, in a bid to reduce virus risks and win over a sceptical public.

Tokyo Olympic organisers meet on overseas fan ban

Apo - Olympic organisers meet Saturday for talks expected to bar overseas fans from this summer's pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, in a bid to reduce virus risks and win over a sceptical public.

Long-awaited 'Super Mario' theme park opens in Japan

Osaka - Here we go! After months of pandemic delays, Nintendo's first ever theme park, featuring a "Mario Kart" ride in a real-life Bowser's Castle, opened in Japan on Thursday to delighted fans.

Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits over pig insult to female comedian

Apo - The creative director for Tokyo's Olympic ceremonies resigned on Thursday for suggesting a female comedian appear as a pig, just weeks after the Games' chief stepped down over insulting remarks about women.

Tokyo Olympics ceremonies chief quits over comedian insult

Apo - The creative director for Tokyo's Olympic ceremonies will resign after making derogatory comments about a female Japanese comedian, in the latest headache for organisers of the virus-delayed Games.

Japan to lift virus state of emergency in Tokyo area

Apo - Japan will lift a virus state of emergency in the Tokyo area, the prime minister said Wednesday, less than five months before the postponed Tokyo Olympics are due to begin.

Japan's failure to recognise same-sex marriage unconstitutional: court

Apo - Japan's failure to recognise same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a court ruled Wednesday, in a landmark first verdict on the issue that campaigners welcomed as a major victory.

Not recognising same-sex marriage unconstitutional: Japan court

Apo - A Japanese court ruled Wednesday that the country's failure to recognise same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in a highly anticipated verdict.

US, Japan warn China on 'coercion, destabilising behaviour'

Apo - The United States and Japan warned Beijing against "coercion and destabilising behaviour" on Tuesday after top-level diplomatic and defence talks aimed at bolstering their alliance against rising Chinese influence.

US, Japan warn against 'destabilising behaviour' by China

Apo - US and Japanese foreign and defence ministers warned Tuesday against "coercion and destabilising behaviour" by China after top-level talks in Tokyo.

China's military modernisation poses Taiwan threat: US officials

Apo - China's accelerated military modernisation poses a clear and growing threat to Taiwan, and US intervention might only risk intensifying pressure from Beijing, US defence officials say.

Fans barred from Tokyo Olympics torch relay start

Apo - Spectators will be barred from the start of the Tokyo Olympics torch relay, organisers said Monday, announcing a pared-back launch as the countdown to the postponed Games begins in earnest.

Top US officials head to Asia to boost alliances in first foreign trip

Apo - Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin arrived in Japan on Monday, as he and top US diplomat Antony Blinken began their first overseas trip, looking to rally key Asian allies as a bulwark to China.

Facing Covid and China, US leads billion-plus vaccine push in India

Washington - India will produce more than one billion more Covid vaccine doses by the end of next year in an initiative launched Friday with the United States, Japan and Australia, challenging China as the four leaders held their first-ever joint summit.
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